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Leave the Cold behind, Winter in the Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 3)

Our one bedroom guest house, rents by four day minimum, weekly, or one month maximum which is negotiable during the stay if desired, and features a King Sized Bed, and balcony for that morning coffee or bird watching. A short walk to the Main House will put you beside the large private pool complete with showers and washroom facilities. Temperatures range from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius which holds the pool temperature comfortable for swimming, floating or massaging with the Jacuzzi Jets while sipping your favorite beverage.

The Property is beautifully landscaped and maintained. Rooms have A/C and remote control ceiling fans, cable TV, and high speed internet.

Located 45 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and the newly developed area of Escazu and Santa Ana, for those who want to shop.

The beaches of Herradura & Jaco are 45 minutes away for golfing or surfing, or for walking or biking on the beach a short drive to Esterillos.

Keywords: Flat bungalow on beautiful landscaped acerage in fruit producing region.

More Details

Grace Lund
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Grace Lund

Grace and Ivan live full time on the property where we keep busy with the Landscaping, and maintenance. I am Costa Rican and Ivan is Canadian, we love Costa Rica for it's friendly people and abundant plant and animal life.

Grace Lund purchased this bungalow in 2007

Why Grace Lund chose Cantón San Mateo

After living in Canada for 28 years and raising two children, my Husband and I decided it was time to leave the Cold White North and find some peace, tranquility, and warmth. After travelling the country we decided to settle in the San Mateo area, the property produces avocados, mangos, lemons, oranges, star fruit, and attracts an abundance of exotic birds and wild life.

What makes this bungalow unique

There are many amenities within a short drive from the property, beaches, golf, sport fishing, surfing, boating, restaraunts, shopping, crocodile watching, adventure parks, which can be enjoyed on day trips. Then the tourist hustle can be left behind while you rest beside the pool and plan your next adventure.


Cantón San Mateo Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sink and vanity
  • Full bathroom at the pool with large shower sink and water closet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Large closet with ensuite, and cedar storage chest.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Jacuzzi jets attached to pool, national and private parks for hiking, bird watching, horse back riding, gondola, canopy tour on zip lines, superman zip line, all within 30 minutes of the property. Deep sea fishing within 45 minutes of the property.


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Leave the Cold behind, Winter in the Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Floresville, Texas

Pleased beyond expectation

  • 5 of 5

This was our last stop on our three week CR getaway. It was awesome to meet the property owners and visit about life in Costa Rica. They provided us with information about tours and places to dine. We decided on Volcano Poaz but I forget about the advice to wear long pants and take a jacket but still glad we went. The views are up close and there is a small museum in the park. We also did the Calypso Tortuga Island Tour out of Puntarenas. We had a great time starting with breakfast and ending with the sunset. The casita is spacious, well stocked, comfortable, secure, and beautiful. The property is full of native trees and plants. It was cashew harvesting season and I was was happy to learn all about it. I loved the flavor of the natural nut and fruit.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests Larry and Lisa were wonderful, well traveled, and knowledgable of common interests, such as organic gardening, we wish their stay was longer, and hope they return in the future, and maintain their positive energy and karma in their future endeavours . It is always gratifying for Grace and I to hear positive responses to this very beautiful and diverse country of Costa Rica. Ivan and Grace
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Wonderful guesthouse! Relax and enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

We would absolutely stay again at Grace's Guesthouse! The owners/hosts ~ Ivan and Grace Lund are "great people"! Kind, friendly, funny, extremely helpful and also very knowledgeable about the area.

Grace's Guesthouse ~ the 'casita' ~ has personality, charm, and privacy. The casita and property are extemely well maintained, beautifully decorated and landscaped. Whether you stay a week or four weeks as we did the casita has all you will need and if you're missing something or have a question just check with Grace, Ivan or their 'right-hand man' Tao!

There is a very handy laundry room in the casita, covered carport just steps away, and a wonderful covered veranda to sit out on ~ for meals, reading, listening/watching for the many birds, visiting with Ivan, Grace or Tao, or watching the amazing sunsets.

The pool is just a short walk down a paved path which is partially shaded by an enormous tree! The pool is large and very well maintained. It is great for floating or lap swimming! The pool area has deck chairs, pool floats, music, and a convenient changing room/bathroom.

Grace's guesthouse was very convenient for us as it was a quiet place to enjoy time by the pool and convenient to travel to many sights ~ National Parks of Manuel Antonio and Carara, Rainmaker Conservation Project and the LaPaz Waterfall Gardens just to name a few we went to. We were also able to take a 5 mile hike right from the casita, shop at a local farmers market in San Matteo, shop in Orotina, meet some of Grace's wonderful family, and eat at several local sodas.

We woke many mornings to the sounds of howler monkeys, roosters, and owls! With the help of Tao we saw green iguanas, different lizards, and a variety of birds. To top it all off we enjoyed making friends with Ivan and Grace's six dogs ~ ALL very well behaved! We were greeted each morning with a tail wag!!

To sum up this long review ~ we look forward to a return visit to see Grace, Ivan, Tao and our six new 'fur' friends! :-)

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim and Kim were wonderful Quests and the type of travellers any property owner would love to entertain, we would be delighted to have them return, well knowing there are many places in the world to see and so little time in the next 100 years to get there. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours. Grace and Ivan
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Leave the Cold behind, Winter in the Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica is exactly right!

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at Grace and Ivan’s Casita and it was “Paradise”. Firstly, Grace and Ivan are just amazing they made sure we were comfortable and treated us just like family. They invited us to their traditional family Christmas dinner, which was amazing in itself and such a pleasure to meet their family!

The casita is surrounded by beautiful trees, plants and flowers and inside was just as beautiful and so comfortable. It has everything you need (even an ice maker, rice cooker, blender, it’s all there) and the Apple TV was perfect for us “Winnipeg Jets Hockey Fans”. Keith and Ivan had so much in common especially when it came to hockey and Keith really enjoyed chatting with Ivan (often to the point of interrupting his work day :)) We also really enjoy having their dogs around, they are all so friendly and love to be around people.

We did have a vehicle as we were travelling to various parts of CR but Grace and Ivan were more than willing to drive us to different places, which was great as they are so knowledgeable about the area and can recommend things to do and see. Great hosts and tour guides!

We have formed a friendship with Grace and Ivan and will be returning to their Casita on our next trip to CR!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: World travelers, interested in everything, easy going , undemanding, Kieth and April were wonderful guests. I didn't know Winnipeg had a hockey team until Kieth and I watched a rather one-sided wash against Edmonton. I wish them both health and happiness in their future travels and really look forward to seeing them again if they should return to Costa Rica. Grace and Ivan
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Perfect for first time Costa Rica travelers!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! We chose not to arrange transportation due to the high cost of the rental and fuel (they pay by the liter not the gallon). Ivan is an alertive and conscientious driver. We were not used to the driving there but got acquainted with it really quickly. Thanks to Ivan's driving skills, this was/is no concern. Ivan and Grace took us around to all of the spots we requested and helped us time our leaving so we would not get rained out as we came on the tail end of the rainy season and it rains very early in the afternoon. They charged us a very reasonable fee and saved us a ton on the transportation costs. The guest house is incredibly charming and the pool was great. We don't typically care for dogs, but their dogs are very friendly, mellow, and greeted us at the gate every day we returned. We really enjoyed ourselves and are thankful we stayed with them, as there were a lot of unknowns we would have been challenged with without their assistance. We even had the chance to hang out with their delightful friends and family. I highly recommend staying with them if you are looking for an authentic experience and need someone to hold your hand through the experience. Thank you Ivan and Grace! God bless.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Freddy and Serobia were a delightful couple, interesting to talk to, and very polite, appreciative, and easy to please, would love to have them back in the future. Our casita was left as if no one had stayed there, making ready for our next guests a breeze. Grace and I wish them well in all their future endeavours.
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Marvelous experience

  • 5 of 5

Grace and Ivan were excellent hosts, right from the beginning when they met us at the airport. It was a long day of travelling, and they ensured we started our vacation without a hitch. We accompanied them out for dinner our first night, which was also a great experience, and we revisited that particular restaurant again. The casita was very comfortable, we loved dining on the front patio. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed to make our meals. I loved the great drinking water, and the ice machine. The yard was very well maintained, and the amazing tree in front of the casita provided us with many enjoyable hours of bird watching. The location was great for many day trips, and there were lots of things we got to see thanks to the great tips we received from our hosts. The pool was also wonderful. I loved having the dogs around, they are so well behaved, and for anyone who didn't want to interact with the dogs, there is lots of fencing. I, however, found it very comforting to have them around, and to be greeted each day with wagging tails. I was quite attached by the time we left!! All in all, it was one of our best holidays, Grace and Ivan made us feel very welcome, they went above and beyond to ensure that our vacation was wonderful, and I highly recommend their casita!!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian and Jane were wonderful guests, well travelled, interesting conversation, and eager to see as much as possible of this beautiful country. Grace and I would love to see them back.
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The only thing more lovely than the casita were the hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, near one national park and not too far from others and the water. Beautiful cottage, exactly as described. The hosts were truly wonderful. Can't wait to get back.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grace and I thoroughly enjoyed having Jack and Joan, it is always nice having well traveled guests to share experiences of places visited in an interesting time. Grace and Ivan
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Zip lining.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $234.16

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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